As creative minded people, you might find it stressful when you have to spend too much time in front of a computer screen working. That’s the situation John Marshall found himself in, and to quench his thirst for something hands on and artistic, he started cutting out giant sized cardboard animals to pose with in a really fun selfie series, Sunset Selfies.
“As a writer, I spend too much time sitting down, so I love to step away from all that, get on the floor, draw something, cut it out, and go enjoy the beautiful sunset outside. It’s a very organic process, like being a kid again,” Marshall explained.
In his working life, Marshall is writer. He penned a book, Wide-Open World, after he spent a year with his wife and two children travelling and volunteering all around the world. He wrote had this about his project:
Thanks so much for your interest in my SUNSET SELFIES series. The project started while I was spending some time alone on Frye Island in Maine with nothing but some cardboard, a pair of scissors and some beautiful sunsets to play with.
Now while I’m on the island, I shoot one of these a day, drawing a picture, cutting it out, posing with it and posting it on line. The cutouts are very rough when seen in the light, but in silhouette, against the setting sun, they almost come to life, creating magical images.
Paired with short stories, my Sunset Selfies are like single-panel cartoons. I think of them like Gary Larson’s “The Far Side,” one of my personal favorites.
When he’s not making Sunset Selfies, Marshall caTo see more, be sure to check out the Sunset Selfie Facebook page!